The Ability to Concentrate
The Power of Concentration
Similar to asana, we can practice concentrating to get better at it. Dharana does not mean only holding your mind in one place for a long period of time, it also refers to bringing your mind back to the same place over and over again. When we practice yoga we concentrate our minds on our breath, on a particular part of the body, or on a mantra. Then we can keep coming back to our awareness of our breath, our body, or the mantra periodically throughout the day to maintain a thread of concentration, which makes us more available to an experience of meditation, which is a state called Dhyana – The 7th Limb of Ashtanga Yoga.